Category Archives: Television

Cosmos – 38 Years Old Friday!

Cosmos was an award winning science documentary series created by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter. It first aired on September 28, 1980. The final episode of Cosmos, Sagan dealt with mankind’s potential annihilation in nuclear fire, the precariousness of reason, mankind’s death in an apoplexy of nuclear fire, and the awesome choice before us. For all of its now nostalgic cold war language, the problem still exists. The doomsday machine of thermonuclear weapons still sit in there American and Russian silos, submarine fleets still prowl, and the threat of nuclear winter now stands proven. All of those weapons, or even just a few of them could trigger the stratospheric smoke of our burning cities, ending agriculture and humanity in an hour of fire an terror.  For your enjoyment, Cosmos, A Personal Voyage, Ep. 13, “Who Speaks for Earth,” found on youtube:

Cosmos – 38 Years Old Friday!

Cosmos was an award winning science documentary series created by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter. It first aired on September 28, 1980. The series dealt with the Earth’s precious rarity in the universe and the mutual death struggle between the United States and Russia. It dealt with the story of the Earth’s creation, humanity’s struggle to the path of reason, and potentially, mankind’s death in an apoplexy of nuclear fire. For your enjoyment, Cosmos, A Personal Voyage, Ep. 1, found on youtube:

Tomorrow, Ep. 13, “Who Speaks for Earth?”

Celestial Attic Podcast – Jemcon! – August 18

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Welcome to Jemcon 2018!

On todJem-Iconay’s Celestial Attic Podcast, we take you to that long ago land of Jem and the Holograms, the Hasbro toy line and associated animated TV series. I interview Rachel Pankiw about Jemcon 2018 coming to Cleveland next weekend. This show is part convention, a cosplay event, part Jem museum, and part toy fair with interest stretching well beyond just Jem and the Holograms to all of 1980s and 1990s animation.

Jemcon 2018 – Jem and the Holograms Convention

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Terry Nation’s “Survivors,” Ep. 4 Corn Dolly

 

Terry Nation is probably best known for creating Dr. Who’s Daleks and American television’s McGuyver. He was also a prolific writer and creator of television for the BBC. “Survivors” is a series at least 30 years ahead of its time. It is the story of humanity after a world sweeping plague.  With episode 4, Corn Dolly, the emotional weight of the subject is addressed in chilling clarity. Abby Grant says, “Babies can’t have come through, not many small children. Even if we do survive, there will be a missing generation.” In one line, Terry Nation takes the series to emotional ground not even touched on television more than 40 years later. The emotional stakes, and the breadth of responses to the plague hit home.  For your enjoyment, Survivors Ep. 4, “Corn Dolly,” found on Youtube:

 

Terry Nation’s “Survivors,” Ep. 1 The Fourth Horseman

 

Terry Nation is probably best known for creating Dr. Who’s Daleks and American television’s McGuyver. He was also a prolific writer and creator of television for the BBC. “Survivors” is a series at least 30 years ahead of its time. It is the story of humanity after a world sweeping plague.  Rewatching it, it is equal parts horrifying and oddly nostalgic with its 1970s BBC production values. For your enjoyment, “Survivors,” found on Youtube:

Tomorrow, Episode 4, “Corn Dolly”